Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 13 June, 2018.
- Today: Brazil Seminar on Mozambican Oil and Gas, organized by Mozambique’s National Hydrocarbons Company (ENH) and the Brazilian embassy
- Today: Cargo train service resumes on the Ressano Garcia-Goba line, including the Salamanga branch, after service was suspended for maintenance
- Today: President Nyusi inaugurates the new National Institute of Health headquarters in Marracuene, Maputo province
The latest from Zitamar News:
Exxon, Eni deny claims of security deal with ProIndicus and Prince
Report claims Erik Prince also offered to dismantle the emerging Islamist insurgency in Cabo Delgado
The best of the rest:
- Insurgents attack Macomia again despite police reinforcements
- Maputo-Katembe bridge to miss scheduled Independence Day opening
- Joaquim Veríssimo named justice minister
- UK issues travel alert for Cabo Delgado
- May numbers show continued low inflation
Insurgents attack Macomia again despite police reinforcements (Ntatenda, Lusa)
A group of armed men attacked Nathuko village in Macomia district in Cabo Delgado province yesterday, decapitating one man. The attackers also burned homes and slaughtered livestock in the village. The raid came one day after another attack in Macomia killed four, and less than a week after the government announced a new operational command in Macomia to counter the insurgency there.
Mozambican police spokesman Inácio Dina refused on Tuesday to comment on any attack. His only comments on the worsening situation in Cabo Delgado were to highlight government aid to civilians whose homes have been burned.
Ahlu Sunnah Wa–Jamâ Attack Locations
Larger attack markers indicate greater number of victims. Click on the markers for details of of the attacks.
Maputo-Katembe bridge to miss scheduled Independence Day opening (O País)
The Mozambican government says that the Maputo-Katembe bridge will not be delivered on 25 June, national independence day, as promised by Maputo Sul, the company constructing the bridge. According to Armindo Ngunga, a spokesman for the Council of Ministers, construction is still underway and the opening of the bridge is expected some time this year.
The aim of inaugurating on Independence Day always seemed ambitious – and even if they’d managed, it would have been without one of the main access roads on the Maputo side, which is nowhere near ready. It seems the government was under pressure from the Guebuza faction to meet that deadline, in an effort to rehabilitate the former President’s reputation – the date was first mentioned by Artigo74, a news/propaganda website run by Guebuza’s G40 fan club – but practical realities got in the way.
Joaquim Veríssimo named justice minister (Lusa, AIM)
Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi yesterday promoted Joaquim Veríssimo from deputy Justice Minister to Minister, replacing the outgoing Isaque Chande, who recently took on his new position as Ombudsman.
Veríssimo led a commission in 2016 that denied allegations by Human Rights Watch that Mozambican soldiers burned houses, sexually abused civilians, and carried out summary executions in the Moatize district of Tete during operations against Renamo. Those allegations were later corroborated by testimonies from Mozambican refugees who fled to Malawi to avoid the violence – but Veríssimo’s commission didn’t visit the areas most affected by the conflict, because… they were affected by the conflict.
UK issues travel alert for Cabo Delgado (MediaFax, Correio da Manhã)
The British government yesterday warned its citizens against non-essential travel to Palma, Mocímboa da Praia, and Macomia districts of Cabo Delgado province, joining the United States, Canada, and Portugal in issuing travel advisories for the region. The British advisory describes the groups responsible for the attacks as having “links to Islamic terrorism.”
Interestingly, the advisory does not cover Nangade or Quissenge districts, where there have also been attacks.
May numbers show continued low inflation (AIM)
Inflation in Mozambique in May, as measured by the consumer price indices of Maputo, Nampula, and Beira, was 0.53%, according to the latest figures from the National Statistics Institute (INE).
Today’s numbers put total inflation for the June 2017-May 2018 year at 3.26%, a major drop from 20.45% inflation in the same period the previous year. The change reflects the metical’s growth and stabilization after a period of freefall – as well as the choking effect of double-digit interest rates on the economy. Rates should come down slightly when the central bank’s monetary policy committee meets next week.
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